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Now Hiring: Youth Care Counsellor for our Outreach Team (Monday to Thursday)

February 11, 2020


We are now hiring a full-time youth care counsellor for our Aboriginal Youth Outreach Team. This position works Monday to Thursday, 10 hour shifts with highly flexible hours that change quickly to meet the needs of the youth. This position is open until filled.

A little bit about UNYA and our Aboriginal Youth Outreach Team

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years.

As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.


UNYA’s Outreach team provides street outreach services, harm reduction services, advocacy and 1-to-1 support to youth in the East Vancouver and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods. The Outreach team works from a trauma-informed framework and is grounded in the philosophies of harm reduction and person centered care.

Highlights of this Opportunity

Are you a confident and compassionate youth worker?  Are you skilled in building collaborative relationships with youth and peers?

Are you creative and dynamic in your approach?  Does working outdoors in a fast-paced, harm reduction based environment energize you?


If you said yes, then this is the opportunity for you!

•      Contribute to a team focused on increasing safety, connection, and empowerment for youth.

•      Create respectful relationships with youth in the community and connect them to relevant resources and services.

•      Support youth with harm reduction strategies, supplies and education.

•      Facilitate collaborative care for youth by keeping all professionals up to date, and participating in care planning as needed.

•      Prepare and submit accurate and timely statistics and written reports.

•      Stay informed of current social and street trends, and all issues that affect street-involved youth.


Support youth with harm reduction strategies, supplies and education, with a focus on safety, connection, and empowerment for youth.

Support youth with harm reduction strategies, supplies and education, with a focus on safety, connection, and empowerment for youth.

Your accomplishments and experience include:

•      Knowledge and understanding of harm reduction strategies and practices.

•      Supporting vulnerable youth to address the effects of poverty, street entrenchment, colonization and intergenerational trauma, and reinforcing a positive sense of belonging and identity. Priority is given to First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit applicants, as per Section 41 of the Human Rights Code.

•      Post-secondary education in child and youth care, preferably a degree in a related field. Preference for experience working with Indigenous youth. We recognize that formal education is not the only relevant qualification for this role, and will also consider an equivalent combination of lived and work experience, alongside training in harm reduction, social services and youth work.

•      Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, coupled with strong crisis intervention and conflict mediation skills.

•      A strong spirit of collaboration, dependability, positivity, and a love of what you do.

What we can offer you:

This position works 10-hour shifts on Monday to Thursday, with flexible start times. Compensation is between $48,266.40 to $56,201.18 annually.

Taking care of people is our priority at UNYA, and this includes our staff. Together, we strive to create an accepting, respectful, and non-judgmental work environment.

Having a self-care plan in place is important to your wellbeing, both personally and professionally, and we have a number of supports in place to help our staff with this. In addition to our extended health benefits plan, full-time staff have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Our EAP includes counselling services, at no cost to employees. 

In addition to EAP counselling, our Elder in Residence provides support to staff, with set hours every week to connect with staff for personal, cultural, and spiritual support.

We are committed to ongoing learning and positive team building. All outreach staff receive training on harm reduction, on reinforcing positive development, and on building safety and trust through a trauma-informed approach to relationships. The entire UNYA team also comes together once a month for a morning of professional development, followed by a shared meal and an afternoon of fun activities.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter stating the position you are applying for, and a resume via email to the attention of the Program Manager at [email protected].


To best support Indigenous youth in this program, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants. Please self-identify in your application.


Resumes will be accepted, reviewed and interviews set up on an ongoing basis.


Applications will be accepted only as described above, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No enquiries – only those short-listed will be contacted. 

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